DAPP Working towards youth independence
Mphatso Thanki grew up in Blantyre district where she also did her secondary education. In search of further education opportunities, she found herself at DAPP’s Mikolongwe Vocational School (MVS) in Chiradzulu district where she studied Electrical Installation & Renewable energy course and graduated from the institution in 2016.
After graduation, Mphatso job hunted for six months before being employed by Sharma Electrical Company which is one of the biggest and leading electrical installation entities in Malawi. The company is mostly sub contracted by building companies with massive projects to do the electrical installation part.
Since being employed, Mphatso has been deployed to four different sites including the university of Malawi’s the Polytechnic’s ICT center and as of September 2019 the magnificent Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) building being built by Terrastone behind Kamuzu Stadium.
“Working in different sites has given me valuable work experience” says Mphatso with a smile.
Mphatso is grateful to MVS and DAPP Malawi for the training which has enabled her to find a job. Her dream is to gain more experience and upgrade her studies for better opportunities.
“Before enrolling in the course at Mikolongwe Vocational school, I never thought I would ever be employed and afford basic needs. But now, I am employed and I can afford to take care of myself. I am proud that I no longer rely on my parents” Mphatso said
DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School currently offer 11 formal and informal courses as a way of ensuring that youth are equipped with knowledge and skills that will enable them to become self-reliant members of society while bringing development to the country. More than 10,500 youth have been trained at the school since its inception in 1999.